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Olympic snowboarder visits St. Augustine

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- An Olympian was on the First Coast Tuesday.

Jacqueline Hernandez of the USA Snowboarding team is in St. Augustine this week, visiting her grandparents.

Her grandfather, Angel Hernandez, is a school bus driver and so the famous granddaughter and her cousin toured the school bus depot.

Many people in the depot had been

rooting for Hernandez during the Olympics, and they were happy to meet her and wanted her picture.

Hernandez took a nasty fall during a seeding run at the Olympics. While she did not break a single bone, she was knocked unconscious and suffered a concussion. She was not able to compete in Sochi.

"When I woke up, I wanted to snowboard down on my own, but it's protocol to be put on a sled," Hernandez said Tuesday. "It's heartbreaking. It's hard to go to the Olympics and there's so much opportunity there. It was kind of taken away at that point."

Hernandez was wearing a helmet and encourages others – especially "the younger crowd" -- to wear helmets.

She plans to sit out the next two upcoming races this season, but she wants to get back into competing soon. She hopes to go to the next winter Olympics in 2018.


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